It is an excellent Judgement – FODEP describes Supreme Court verdict

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Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has applauded the Supreme Court for landmark judgement delivered Thursday morning where it ruled in favor of opposition Members of Parliament who were bared from re-contesting their nullified seats.

Reacting to the Judgement, FODEP Executive Director MacDonald Chipenzi described the Judgement as excellent but pointed out that it had come.

“This is an excellent judgement despite coming late beyond the constitutional 90 days as cited under article 67(1) and shows that the judiciary has exercised strong judgement on this matter,” Chipenzi said. “It was well known that the law does not bar anyone not convicted of illegality and corruption to contest or re-contest their seats.”

Chipenzi said the controversy should act as an eye opener to all Zambians interested to see a credible electoral process to advocate for electoral reforms as promised by the PF in their manifesto.

“We urged all political parties and aspiring candidates to ensure that electoral malpractices are avoided at all cost,” he said.

The Supreme Court this morning ruled that all the opposition MPs whose elections were nullified due to malpractices were free to recontest their seats. The ruling has come after in some constituencies they have had no representation in the House for over a year.


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